Advanced Practice Nurses Caring for More Patients

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, November 22nd, 2011

Hospitals nationwide are turning to advanced-practice nurses to care for patients more and more.

Among the factors contributing to this trend: An anticipated shortage of primary-care doctors, reductions in hours residents are allowed to work, and an expected increase in demand for medical services by aging baby boomers as well as people who will be newly insured through health care reform.r of reasons, industry experts say.

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) earn at least a master’s degree from an accredited program. Both are in strong demand and can command healthy salaries.

Forbes magazine recently named physician assistant programs the No. 1 master’s degree for getting a job, citing an expected growth of 39 percent by 2018.

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